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1874 Mary Garden (Scottish Operatic Soprano) Scottish Performing Artists Opera
1898 Jimmy Yancey (Chicago-born African-American Boogie-Woogie Pianist; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jimmy Yancey Jazz African American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1908 Ruby Elzy (Mississippi-born African-American Operatic Vocalist) Mississippi Performing Artists Opera African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African African Registry
1911 Robert McBride (Arizona-born Composer) Arizona Composers American Composers
1928 Bettye Miller (Missouri-born African-American Singer) Missouri Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African African Registry
1937 Nancy Wilson (Ohio-born African-American Popular Singer) Ohio Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African African Registry
1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canadian Native-American Folk Singer, Songwriter) Canadian Performing Artists Cree Indians Folk Musicians Internet Movie Database
1967 Kurt Cobain (Washington-born Popular Musician, Singer) Washington Performing Artists Popular Musicians Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1961 Percy Grainger (Australian-American Composer, Pianist) Australian Composers American Composers Classical Musicians
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1722 Georg Frederick Handel's Water Music Is First Performed Georg Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1816 Rossini's Opera, "The Barber of Seville," Is First performed in Rome at the Teatro Argentina, with the Composer Conducting Rossini Composers Opera Historic Firsts State Opera of Prague American Public Media
1827 Felix Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture Is First Performed Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media

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